Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Birdwatching in Barra

One of our favorite activities while anchored here in the Barra lagoon has been early morning birdwatching on Isla Natividad. One day MJ from Grey Max led a number of cruisers on a bird walk; after that we came over on our own for several mornings. From the lagoon its a short dinghy ride to this dilapidated dock.

One of the first birds we saw was this ibis, on the beach near the dinghy dock.

Unfortunately we weren't able to photograph many of the birds we saw, and none of the more colorful ones: the black and yellow caciques, the orange-breasted buntings, the golden cheeked woodpeckers, and the orchard orioles all eluded our camera. We did manage to catch some of these turkey-sized caracaras improbably perched in the trees, but they always seemed to hide their heads. Maybe they thought that if they couldn't see us, we couldn't see them!

Here's one of the few small birds we managed to photograph, a scissor-tailed flycatcher.

Most of the walk is along roads and through a golf course, but eventually we worked our way across the peninsula to a wild and beautiful beach,

Among the birds we spotted there was this whimbrel.

We can't wait to get back to Barra in a couple of weeks for more birdwatching!

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